A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia By Robert Burton (Editor), John Croxall (Editor) | 200 pages | 368 Colour Photos | 1 Colour Map | WildGuides | Paperback | 2012 | ISBN: 9780691156613

Publisher’s Overview:

South Georgia is rich in wildlife and spectacular scenery, and it is a prime destination spot on most Antarctic tours. This beautifully illustrated field guide depicts the birds, mammals, insects, flowering plants, and other vegetation found in this unique part of the world. It features 368 full-color photographs of more than 180 species, including 65 species of birds, 20 species of sea mammals, nearly 60 species of insects, and more than 40 species of flowering and nonflowering plants. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, with information on status, behavior, threats, and distribution. This one-of-a-kind photographic guide also includes introductory chapters on South Georgia’s geography, climate, ecology, and conservation.The Authors

Robert Burton is a natural history writer and Antarctic tour lecturer. He first visited South Georgia in 1964 and later studied albatrosses at the British Antarctic Survey research station at Bird Island.

John Croxall studied seabirds and seals at South Georgia for the British Antarctic Survey for three decades, retiring in 2006. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a trustee of the South Georgia Heritage Trust.

Fatbirder View

Seems to me that this would be a terrific bird to have along with you on a visit to the islands and, even although I am no devotee of photo-guides it is pretty good from an ID perspective… in fact I’ve rarely seen better guides relying on photos. I doubt it has the depth any specialist birder, botanist or whatever would want, but that doesn’t seem to be the intention and it has the distinct advantage of being able to stand alone on the back of some excellent photographic work. The brief ID text seems more than adequate. Almost anyone cruising into this part of the world will be interested in all the wildlife not just birds or mammals and will want to know more about the area he or she is visiting and he or she will find this small volume packed with information on the whole of the local environment.

Nice to use and nice to have on your shelves.

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